Be smart about partnerships – Basil Springer

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what association is there between righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion is there between light and darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6

[BRIDGETOWN, Barbados] – Malcolm X is credited with the following quote: “Education is the passport to the future, because tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

As I progressed through my educational journey, I never focused on the future usefulness of the education I was gaining.

My first job was particularly suited to my background in mathematics, statistics and operations research, an analytical method based on mathematics to provide a quantitative basis for management decisions. This was to create a biometrics unit for students and research staff at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad.

After four years, I completed my task, I was asked to go to the UK to choose my successor, and I continued after two years.

When I reflect on my professional life, it has been facilitated by this study passport and has revolved around partnerships as the journey has evolved.

What I will always remember from this work are the rich partnerships created with the dean of the faculty, the professors themselves, the research students and the support staff.

I was able to simplify a concept, the systematic evolutionary approach (SEA), which was central to the design of computational optimization simulation in my PhD. thesis (1968). It states that intelligence gained at any stage of a journey shapes the size and direction of the next stage. This is relevant to all of us for every step we take every day.

In 1977, nine years into the workforce, I went from a permanent position at UWI to an entrepreneur, a Caribbean pioneer in the business consultancy industry. Guided by a strong spiritual foundation, it was an enjoyable and successful business trip and financial learning experience. The business exposure experience was physically, mentally and emotionally stressful, however, partnerships were the foundation for success.

Two other experiences highlighted the importance of business and community partnerships: when I became a member of Rotary International and when I was invited to join the Commonwealth Partnership of Technology Management (CPTM), headquartered in the UK.

A The Rotarian’s life of service is guided by four questions: Are the things we think, say, or do the TRUTH? Is this FAIR for everyone involved? Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL for everyone involved? I embraced this over 35 years ago and it has helped strengthen the partnerships I have forged.

The CPTM, otherwise known as the smart partnership movement, promotes the principles of a shared vision, cultural diversity, a code of ethics, longevity, networking, transparency, fairness, fair play, trust and values ​​while promoting the concepts of “prosper thy neighbour” and “win-win”.

In 2000, it was time to make another change become an individual business consultant looking for a balance between professional and personal life (family, leisure and health). The Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx), the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust (CBET) and Marketplace Excellence (MPE) gave me the perfect opportunity to explore new partnerships.

Now, in 2022, my spirit is still active (deo volente) as I give back and stay in touch with the younger generation. Even as senescence impacts my physical being, I continue to move forward with the full understanding that our destinies are tied to our relationships.

As we recover from the challenges of the pandemic era, let us commit to building healthy relationships and forging mutually rewarding partnerships. It’s the smart thing to do.

Basil Springer
Basil Springer

(Dr. Basil Springer GCM is a Change-Engine consultant. His email address is [email protected] His columns can be viewed at and on